Updated January 4th, 2024 at 09:54 IST

Rice water for hair: A full guide to use this simple DIY method for luscious locks

Rice water is a simple yet powerful remedy that is easily prepared and has been praised for promoting stronger, shinier, and healthier hair.

Rice water benefits
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Beauty trends come and go. It is for us to understand what works best for us. But there are some ‘gharelu nuskhe’ that are worth a try due to their simple and easy availability as well as effectiveness. One such tried and tested nuskha is rice water and its benefits for your healthy hair. Let us know a little more about it.

How to make rice water for hair

To harness the benefits of rice water for your hair, follow these steps:

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  • Begin by rinsing about 1/2 cup of rice thoroughly with water to remove impurities.
  • Place the rinsed rice in a bowl and add 2–3 cups of water. Allow it to soak for 15–30 minutes.
  • After soaking, strain the rice and collect the water in a separate bowl. This is your potent rice water.

Benefits of rice water for hair

Strengthens hair - Rice water is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients can penetrate the hair shaft, helping to strengthen the strands and reduce breakage.

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Improves hair elasticity - The proteins in rice water may enhance the elasticity of your hair, making it more resistant to damage and preventing split ends.

Adds shine - Regular use of rice water can contribute to shinier and smoother hair. It helps to flatten the cuticles, reflecting light and imparting a natural gloss to your locks.


Reduces frizz - The nutrients in rice water can help smooth the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and making your hair more manageable.

Promotes growth - Inositol, a carbohydrate found in rice water, has been linked to improved hair growth. Applying rice water to the scalp can potentially stimulate hair growth and increase thickness.


How to use rice water

  • After shampooing, pour rice water through your hair and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water.
  • Alternatively, you can soak your hair in rice water for 15–30 minutes before washing it out.
  • Some people prefer to ferment rice water for additional benefits. To do this, leave the soaked rice water at room temperature for 12–24 hours before use.

Published January 4th, 2024 at 09:54 IST

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